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Memorable Manitobans: Gudmundur Bjorgvin Arilius “Arli” Isfeld (1913-1994)

Educator, municipal official.

Born at Gimli on 20 December 1913, son of Icelandic immigrants August Isfeld Eiriksson (1871-1928) and Olina Sigurbjorg Oladottir Bjerring (1875-1947), he taught at Libau West School (1933-1934), Kjarna School (1938-1939), and Benito School (1941-1948) prior to serving as the Principal of Benito School (1952-1953) and Franklin School (1953-1954). Moving to Winnipeg, he was a teacher at Isaac Newton School (1957-?). He married Steinunn “Steina/Stony” Jonsson (1917-1987) and they had two children: Brian Lynthor Isfeld (1938-2008) and Patricia Arlein “Pat” Isfeld (1941-2015, wife of Brian McKenzie). He served as Mayor of Benito (1949-1953). An avid bird-watcher, he contributed bird observations to the nature columns of local newspapers. He died at Comox, British Columbia on 29 June 1994.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Lightning kills fisherman on Lake Winnipeg,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 July 1928, page 5.

Obituary [Olina Isfeld], Winnipeg Tribune, 17 April 1947, page 4.

Obituary [Steinun Isfeld], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 January 1987.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Patricia Arlein McKenzie], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 August 2015.

We thank Wilbur Jonsson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 November 2019

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